1 Chronicles 15:16
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New International Version
David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their fellow Levites as musicians to make a joyful sound with musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals.

New Living Translation
David also ordered the Levite leaders to appoint a choir of Levites who were singers and musicians to sing joyful songs to the accompaniment of harps, lyres, and cymbals.

English Standard Version
David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.

Berean Study Bible
David also told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their relatives as singers to raise their voices with joy, accompanied by musical instruments—harps, lyres, and cymbals.

New American Standard Bible
Then David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their relatives the singers, with instruments of music, harps, lyres, loud-sounding cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.

King James Bible
And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of musick, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy.

Christian Standard Bible
Then David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their relatives as singers and to have them raise their voices with joy accompanied by musical instruments--harps, lyres, and cymbals.

Contemporary English Version
David then told the leaders to choose some Levites to sing and play music on small harps, other stringed instruments, and cymbals.

Good News Translation
David commanded the leaders of the Levites to assign various Levites to sing and to play joyful music on harps and cymbals.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their relatives as singers and to have them raise their voices with joy accompanied by musical instruments--harps, lyres, and cymbals.

International Standard Version
David also told the leaders of the descendants of Levi to appoint their relatives as singers, to play musical instruments such as harps, lyres, and cymbals, and to keep sounding aloud with joyful voices.

NET Bible
David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint some of their relatives as musicians; they were to play various instruments, including stringed instruments and cymbals, and to sing loudly and joyfully.

New Heart English Bible
David spoke to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brothers the singers, with instruments of music, stringed instruments and harps and cymbals, sounding aloud and lifting up the voice with joy.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
David told the Levite leaders to appoint some of their relatives to serve as musicians. They were expected to play music on harps, lyres, and cymbals to produce joyful music for singing.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And David spoke to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren the singers, with instruments of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding aloud and lifting up the voice with joy.

New American Standard 1977
Then David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their relatives the singers, with instruments of music, harps, lyres, loud-sounding cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And David spoke to the chief of the Levites to appoint of their brethren as singers with instruments of music, with psalteries and harps and cymbals sounding, and to lift up their voice with joy.

King James 2000 Bible
And David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of music, lyres and harps and cymbals sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy.

American King James Version
And David spoke to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brothers to be the singers with instruments of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy.

American Standard Version
And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren the singers, with instruments of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding aloud and lifting up the voice with joy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites, to appoint some of their brethren to be singers with musical instruments, to wit, on psalteries, and harps, and cymbals, that the joyful noise might resound on high.

Darby Bible Translation
And David spoke to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren, the singers, with instruments of music, lutes, and harps, and cymbals, that they should sound aloud, lifting up the voice with joy.

English Revised Version
And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren the singers, with instruments of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding aloud and lifting up the voice with joy.

Webster's Bible Translation
And David spoke to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of music, psalteries, and harps, and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy.

World English Bible
David spoke to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brothers the singers, with instruments of music, stringed instruments and harps and cymbals, sounding aloud and lifting up the voice with joy.

Young's Literal Translation
And David saith to the heads of the Levites to appoint their brethren the singers, with instruments of song, psalteries, and harps, and cymbals, sounding, to lift up with the voice for joy.
Study Bible
The Priests and Levites Carry the Ark
15And the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded in accordance with the word of the LORD. 16David also told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their relatives as singers to raise their voices with joy, accompanied by musical instruments— harps, lyres, and cymbals. 17So the Levites appointed Heman son of Joel; from his brothers, Asaph son of Berechiah; and from their brothers the Merarites, Ethan son of Kushaiah;…
Cross References
Exodus 15:20
Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her with tambourines and dancing.

1 Chronicles 6:31
These are the men David put in charge of the music in the house of the LORD after the ark rested there.

1 Chronicles 13:8
David and all the Israelites were celebrating before God with all their might, with songs and on harps and lyres, with tambourines, cymbals, and trumpets.

1 Chronicles 23:5
4,000 are to be gatekeepers, and 4,000 are to praise the LORD with the instruments I have made for giving praise."

1 Chronicles 25:1
Additionally, David and the commanders of the army set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun to prophesy with the accompaniment of lyres, harps, and cymbals. The following is the list of the men who performed this service:

1 Chronicles 25:6
All these were under the direction of their fathers for the music of the house of the LORD with cymbals, harps, and lyres, for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the direction of the king.

2 Chronicles 5:12
all the Levitical singers--Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and relatives--stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps, and lyres, accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets.

2 Chronicles 7:6
The priests stood at their posts, as did the Levites with the musical instruments of the LORD, which King David had made for giving thanks to the LORD and with which David had offered praise, saying, "For His loving devotion endures forever." Across from the Levites, the priests sounded trumpets, and all the Israelites were standing.

Nehemiah 12:27
At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from all their homes and brought to Jerusalem to celebrate the joyous dedication with thanksgiving and singing, accompanied by cymbals, harps, and lyres.

Psalm 150:5
Praise Him with clashing cymbals; praise Him with resounding cymbals.

Amos 6:5
You improvise songs on the harp like David and invent your own musical instruments.

Treasury of Scripture

And David spoke to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brothers to be the singers with instruments of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy.

And David

2 Chronicles 30:12 Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to do the …

Ezra 7:24-28 Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, …

Isaiah 49:23 And kings shall be your nursing fathers, and their queens your nursing …

chief

1 Chronicles 15:12 And said to them, You are the chief of the fathers of the Levites: …

Acts 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed …

1 Timothy 3:1-15 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he …

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the …

Titus 1:5 For this cause left I you in Crete, that you should set in order …

the singers

1 Chronicles 15:27,28 And David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites …

1 Chronicles 6:31-38 And these are they whom David set over the service of song in the …

1 Chronicles 13:8 And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, …

1 Chronicles 16:43 And all the people departed every man to his house: and David returned …

1 Chronicles 23:5 Moreover four thousand were porters; and four thousand praised the …

1 Chronicles 25:1-6 Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service …

2 Chronicles 29:28-30 And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the …

Nehemiah 12:36 And his brothers, Shemaiah, and Azarael, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel…

Nehemiah 12:46 For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the …

Psalm 87:7 As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: …

Psalm 149:3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises to him …

Psalm 150:3,4 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery …

lifting up

2 Chronicles 5:13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, …

Ezra 3:10,11 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, …

Nehemiah 12:43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God …

Psalm 81:1 Sing aloud to God our strength: make a joyful noise to the God of Jacob.

Psalm 92:1-3 IT IS A GOOD THING TO GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD, AND TO SING PRAISES …

Psalm 95:1 O come, let us sing to the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the …

Psalm 100:1 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all you lands.

Jeremiah 33:11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, …







(16) David spake to the chief.--Ordered the chiefs (s?rim).

To appoint their brethren to be the singers.--To station or assign places to their clansmen, the minstrels.

Psalteries and harps.--Harps and lutes, or guitars (n?b?lim and kinnoroth).

Sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy.--So far as grammar goes, the participle sounding (Heb., causing to hear--i.e., making a loud noise) might refer to the musicians, or to all the instruments mentioned, or to the last kind (the cymbals) only. The third reference is the best, because of the special sense of the verb. (Comp. 1Chronicles 15:19 and Psalm 150:5 : "loud cymbals," i.e., cymbals of sound or hearing.) Translate: "harps and lutes and clashing cymbals, in order to swell the sound for gladness:" that is, to express and enhance the rejoicing. (Comp. 2Chronicles 5:13.)

Verses 16, 17. - To appoint their brethren to be the singers. This was the first step towards what we have already read in 1 Chronicles 6:31-39, 44; 1 Chronicles 9:33, 34 (where see notes). And David spake to the chief of the Levites,.... The six before mentioned, 1 Chronicles 15:11.

to appoint their brethren to be the singers; before the ark, as they brought it up:

with instruments of music, psalteries, and harps, and cymbals; which were used in those times, see 2 Samuel 6:5.

sounding by lifting up the voice with joy; the instrumental music was to be attended with vocal music, and that very sonorous and loud, and performed with all tokens of inward joy and gladness, as the occasion required. 16-24. David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint … the singers with instruments—These eminent Levites were instructed to train the musicians and singers who were under them, for the solemn procession. The performers were ranged in three choirs or bands, and the names of the principal leaders are given (1Ch 15:17, 18, 21), with the instruments respectively used by each. "Ben" (1Ch 15:18) is omitted (1Ch 15:20). Either it was used merely as a common noun, to intimate that Zechariah was the son of Jaaziel or Aziel, or Ben is the same as Azaziah [1Ch 15:21].15:1-24 Wise and good men may be guilty of oversights, which they will correct, as soon as they are aware of them. David does not try to justify what had been done amiss, nor to lay the blame on others; but he owns himself guilty, with others, of not seeking God in due order
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